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Write Poetry- A Discussion

Updated on October 7, 2012

Inspecting Your Subject

You can consider this as the first step in a guide to create awesome poems!Now that You have come up with a nice idea to compose few lines about, nature, say, and you are eager to write them down. To make things much more realistic, and to add a retouching makeup to your poem, or may be to your few lines, whatever it may be, let's get closer to the subject we are dealing with, and let's try to observe, understand and blend with our subject in our own world of creativity.

We shall discuss this further with an example. Suppose you are writing a poem about Nature, or something which is connected to the nature. At the first glance you see this topic itself is very broad, so first of all you can limit your focal subject to a certain aspect in nature, say the clouds, or even the sunset, may be a forest. Now you have simplified your exposure for that particular theme, and you can start tuning up your elements to match the basic theme of you are dealing with.


Say the 'Revelation, that man being a part of the nature has abandoned himself from the beauty and serenity of the nature, because of his money centered restless life, is awkward' is the theme of our poem.Now we have to deal with the beauty of the nature, the serenity of it, and how man has become restless in his venture to collect more and more money, and how he misses the wonderful and spectacular moments in the nature, the setting of the sun, the rain, the clouds under blue skies, the beaches with billows of white foam... well the list continues, now we have isolated our elements to compose our poem.

The next step is choosing our perspective. Of course this is a broad topic and will be discussed in a future post.For now let's consider this as the angle, the elevation from which we are viewing our subject.Then comes the painting our elements.For this matter it is really important to observe, understand, and resonate with our theme, to add the realistic effect to our composition.It is a way to express our concern, and expertise towards the theme we are talking about, to the avid reader.The more we have expertise and understanding about what we are talking about, the more our composition becomes realistic, rather than appearing sort of a failed, and plagiarized attempt to bring forth the topic we want to highlight.

Now let's move back to our topic once again, let's say that we now have chosen our perspective, in this instance through the eye of the poet himself, that is to say a first person narration, about how the poet is depressed due to daily stuffs of work, and how he has missed the scenery of the setting sun, through the silhouettes, which would be a relaxing sight for him. Now he should highlight how beautiful the setting of the sun has been, at least when he saw it last time, may be as a teenager, before he became a restless person. For this description he has to paint the beauty of the nature in a way that the reader, although it might be very familiar and common, to the reader, feel the beauty and excitement of it, in a novel way that makes him want to enter the world of poet, himself, to witness this beauty!. That is called the realistic effect of poetry.

Next the poet has to highlight how his chaotic life with lot's of responsibilities has isolated him from this charm, thereby making him almost sick from within. Now, if the poet is successful in composing the lines with enough stress the reader would definitively hate this part of poet's life and say he doesn't want to be like that, and may compare his current life to that of poet's and make conclusions, all within minutes of reading the two or three lines! See the effect the poet has created within the reader.

Now, our brief discussion of how getting closer to your subject and inspecting them, before you describe them through lines in a your poems, is almost over. Don't worry though because we have not finished this discussion about poetry, and writing poems at all, In fact it has just started and not even close to a stop. We will continue our journey to dig deep into the world of poetry, in our way to become a successful poet.


I posted the second post of this guide and you can find it here.Hope You enjoy:)

Using Pictures To Paint Your Poems


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    • letterme profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Update:I managed to post the second post of this guide.Hope You will enjoy:)

    • letterme profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thank you everyone, for reading all the stuff and commenting.Promise to update soon as I find time.

      @bravew; Of course, poetry is a free expression, and our approach may differ from each other, and that is a must, because that diversity makes it even more interesting and specific.For subjects like these, in my opinion there are no rules, rather than best practices, and we can alter them at anytime we want to, and the ultimate result would be some very interesting work.:)

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      My poetry comes as a spurt. Something, a thought, sight, vision, emotion, puts the first line in my head, compelling me to grab my pen and notebook, and the rest flows.

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      Great hub!

    • Dee42 profile image


      6 years ago from Beautiful Arkansas

      Mmmm, cool. Can't wait for more, and great hub by the way.

    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I found this to be very enlightening and I look forward to

      reading more poetry lessons!


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